I suppose one should anticipate issues when an agnostic sends their child to catholic school. While I'm not second guessing my decision to send Leah to private school the last few weeks have been a bit of a wake up and have provided a bit of humor.
Being curious about what an Ash Wednesday homily consists of I asked Leah what Father McNulty discussed during the all school mass. She mumbled something about being good enough. "Good enough for what" I ask. She replies "Am I good enough for Gods love?" "Well are you good enough?" To my dismay she responded that she's trying really hard. While I appreciate the modesty I quickly set her straight that she's DEFINATELY good enough for God's love. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt that she's just confused or misstating the intent of the service but what in heaven would a 5 year old do to make them unworthy of God's love? I was raised to believe God loves everyone and I certainly don't want my child thinking anything different.
As part of her religious studies they are talking about showings God's love by helping and being kind to others. The other day when Scott went in her room to wake her up Leah yells at him that he's not showing God's love. Now I'll give her his chipper morning antics can be rather annoying to us non-morning people, but I don't think that was the intent of the lesson plan. Scott jokingly asked if it was time to send her to public school.
Children experience different kinds of service projects throughout the school year and do activities with their "faith families" (small prayer groups consisting of students from kindergarten through grade 8.) Leah is convince it's called a "Fake Family" and won't budge in her stance regarding this fact in the least.